William Shakespeare

Collen White

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23rd, 1564. He was an English poet and playwright. He has written over 30 plays and many movies are based off of the plays that he has written.
On November 27th, 1582 - Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. At the time, he was 18 and she was 26 years of age. They both had 3 children named Hamnet, Susanna and Judith. When Hamnet was only the age of 11, he caught the Bubonic plague and died.
Shakespeare allegedly died on April 23rd, 1616. But he is not forgotten, his legacy is that he wrote many plays that are being performed and reenacted to this day.

The Globe Theatre

Shakespeare helped establish the Globe Theatre in London. In 1613, the Globe Theatre burnt down during a performance of Henry VII. A theatrical cannon misfired igniting the wooden beams and thatching.

The Bubonic Plague / Black Death

The bubonic plague was also known as the "Black Death." If you caught the virus, you would be sealed in your house and you wouldn't be aloud to leave and nobody would be aloud to enter either. Since the victims couldn't leave their house, in order to get food they would have to lower baskets from an upper window and then watch men would put food in it. The main way the disease spread was from fleas that lived on rodents and animals, especially rats.

In 1593, 1603 and 1608, the Elizabethan Globe Theatre closed down three times because of the Black death.

Shakespeare's plays

William Shakespeare has written many plays with different themes like history, tragedy and comedy. An example of a history themed play is Richard III, an example of a tragedy themed play is Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet, and an example of a comedy themed play is Twelfth Night.